Hebrews 12:1

Hebrews 12:1 (NKJV) Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Divine Beauty


There is a beauty to behold
That is not on a display
A gift not wrapped in boxes
Or for sale in any way
More lovely than  a flower
That fades in a short time
This beauty is eternal
For it is born from the divine

Our precious Savior loves us
Promising with every test
To breathe upon our testimony
And give us peace and rest

He gives the beauty for ashes
As we hold our hearts open
With sweet words of life
He heals what is broken

And bring forth what is hidden
In the faithful passage of time
That has eternal power
To breaks all things that bind

So come before the Prince of Peace
Lay your Burden at his feet
In His presence there is sweet release
Your hope and joy will be complete

And Beauty will flow from your soul
It is awesome to behold…
For what comes from the divine 
is now released into time.

The Church’s Most Important Truth

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Col 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

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John 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

“And Preached Christ Unto Them.”

Acts 8:5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

Acts 9:20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

· After I got saved in 1979, I used to be troubled by scriptures such as the ones above. These scriptures illustrate for us some of the evangelistic efforts under the ministry of Phillip, the evangelist. I could not figure out why, and how, Phillip could possible preach a person instead of preaching about things.

For me, Christianity was all about my relationship with Christ, and how He could impart eternal life, and innumerable amounts of benefits and blessings to me…

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Reveal Yourself to Me

In the recess of darkness I hear my name and at the sound of Your voice I am forever changed.

As your Light glows, I see the real me as the Kingdom of Heaven is my reality.

Revelation blooms Your gracious scent surround me.

As you reveal Yourself to me.

As you reveal Yourself to me.

Your comforting Spirit’s embrace is so soft , Feather-like is Your touch as I seek your face.

I hear a river, it’s carrying me above, forever I am purged in the flood.

Revelation blooms, Your gracious scent surround me.

As You reveal Yourself to me.

As you reveal Yourself to me.

Mommy’s Song

Close Up of Sheet Music


Mary Mastroni sat up in bed night before and woke her husband Frank excitedly, asking, ” Do you hear it? … It is the most beautiful music!”

Dionne Perkins and I have been friends since the beginning of Freshmen year in college. On the first day we met we stayed up all night laughing and talking. And now, over 20 years later, we are separated by hundreds of miles, but we have managed to keep the conversation going with almost daily emails and phone calls. We have a bond that has been made even stronger these last few months in suffering.

It all began back in October when she called me, asking me to pray for Mary Mastroni. This is her Grandmother on her Mother’s side who was ailing. As we both grew to know God, this was common for us to pray as we have leaned on each other through trials and have seen His hand move . A few days later, I called to check on her and her family and she said, “Girl, my Grandmother had all 12 of her kids here.. They thought she was going to die, but she is home, up and cooking!” It was something I really needed to hear. My Mother, Hattie Peterson, had cancer at the time. She had been standing strong and fighting hard, but it was difficult for her and for all of us. We celebrated my sister’s November wedding, the Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday, which was Mom’s favorite, but soon thereafter, she began to lose her appetite as her liver was failing.

It was the beginning of January in the middle of the night, when Mommy went home to be with the Lord. She was at home in front of her beloved fireplace with the family all round. We sang hymns , prayed and read to her all day. In her last hour, we put on a some praise music. Without our realization she quietly drifted home, as the chorus of this upbeat song played loudly. At the time it seemed very out-of-place in that solemn moment. As we began to understand what happened, I rushed over, to turn it off as it ended , and then began to cry and wail as deep pain gripped my belly.

The next few hours were as a bad dream, but we did not sleep, and as the morning light came in , I began to make necessary phone calls. As I called one of my Mom’s best friends, to tell her the news, I thought about how hard it must have been for her to hear. She knew my mother before I was even born. As I hung up the phone, I called Dionne. It was a short conversation and she cried with me a bit. The rest of the morning was a blur but I did log into my computer for a sense of normalcy. As l I went online , I saw that Dionne had put up a post . Her grandmother, who we prayed for a few months back passed away as well that night. I couldn’t believe it!

Dumbfounded, I dialed the phone correctly on the 3rd or 4th try. She said, “Eb., it is unbelievable! Yes Grandma died, but wait until you hear this!” I listened intently as she began to tell the story.

Eighty three-year old Mary Mastroni had sat up in bed night before and woke her beloved husband Frank excitedly, asking, ” Do you hear it? …

He said, no, and she said, ” You don’t? It is the most beautiful music!” .


As he tried calm her so she would lay back down, she said , ” No! …No! …I have to go! This is the second time they have come for me. I won’t let them leave without me again!…


He saw that her eyes were shining and her face was radiant. She looked as beautiful as the first day they met. He embraced her and kissed his wife of over 60 years, and held her hand as she went back to sleep that night , knowing that she would not be joining him in the morning, and sadly, he was right.

As Dionne tearfully recounted this beautiful story, I couldn’t believe that we had lost them both, in the same night! Even so, I was so comforted to know that her Grandma Mary went to heaven with Mommy. I was sure of it and I told her so. As I hung up the phone, my thoughts shifted to the music. Her Grandmother said it was beautiful. It was then that I remembered the song. When Mommy went home it was a loud , joyful and upbeat song, … what was it? I rushed to my computer and pulled up my streaming service. He LIVES.. Yes, that is what it was, the chorus was playing over and over. When I heard it again , I became overwhelmed as I processed the words:


“He lives He Lives

Conquered the graves and covered our sin

He lives He Lives

Death couldn’t hold the promise within

He lives


He is alive


Death where is your sting

Grave where is your victory

Jesus holds the keys

He reigns forever

Forever and Ever”


Album : Cover the Earth – Lakewood Church


Originally released: 10-FEB-2004

I began to cry a good cry. Before that moment, I felt as if my whole world was collapsing, and I was brought low, to a place I did not deserve to go, in loss and hopelessness. But God pulled me back from the pit, with a song.

Yes, my Mommy was gone , and I will ache and miss her, but she did not, we did not lose!

I needed be reminded right then, that those in Christ who die, never lose! …

The apostle Paul said in his letter to the Philippians, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain…having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better”

This song speaks of the Victory that we have as believers over death and the grave. And even as my Mommy passed from this life to the next, the Gospel was preached. That even though she died , HE LIVES and because of this, SHE lives on with HIM. Glory to Our AWESOME God! Mommy was home, and so was Grandma Mary.

I am not sure what wonderful music Grandma Mastroni heard as she decided to go home to heaven, but rest assured that the testimony of this day is a consolation for our families who lost two great matriarchs. That even in death the Love of God prevails and comforts us from hopeless despair. Jesus Christ gives us a new hope to live eternally and to be united with Him and our loved ones again because He won the battle over death.

HE Lives!

Praise our Wonderful Savior!

Copyright 2011

Praying for Lost Loved Ones

We all have friends and family members that urgently need salvation. What is our responsibility as believers and how should we pray?

Let’s see what scripture has to say:

Does God Desire Salvation for Our Loved Ones?

Yes He does! Scripture clearly states that God gave His Son Jesus for the sins of the whole world and He wants all men to be saved:

 John 3:16-17 KJV – [16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 Eze 18:23 KJV – [23] Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?saith the Lord GOD: [and] not that he should return from his ways, and live?

 Rom 10:13 KJV – [13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

I know my loved ones have heard the Gospel message. Why don’t they believe?   

The Bible says that the Gospel is hidden from unbelievers because of mindsets that they have that block the Gospel from truly being heard:


1Cr 1:18 KJV – For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

 Mat 13:15 KJV – For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 KJV – But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

 2Cr 3:14-16 KJV – But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which [vail] is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.


Dutch Sheets,  a powerful teacher on prayer explains it like this, “ It is important to know that they don’t see the gospel because they can’t see it. They don’t understand it because they can’t understand it. They must have an unveiling.”…  “In times past it always seemed difficult for me to understand how some people could hear and reject powerful gospel presentations.”… “What the unbelievers heard was filtered through a belief system that caused them to hear something totally different.” Sheets, Dutch. Intercessory Prayer. Regal Books, 1996, p. 161.

How Does Prayer Help?  The Bible says in James 5 that the “effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much, making tremendous power available.”  We have a responsibility to pray for our loved ones so that the barriers that keeps them from hearing the Gospel and seeing the kingdom come down.

We are urged to pray:

1Ti 2:1-6 KJV –  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men;  For kings, and [for] all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.


Spiritual weapons including prayer, tears down erroneous arguments against God:

2Cr 10:4-6 KJV – (For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

It is a sin not to pray for our loved ones:

1Sa 12:23 KJV – Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:


Links for How to Pray

Prayer for Lost Souls

How I Learned to Pray for the Lost

Scriptures for Prayer for the Lost


Be encouraged! God will hear and honor our faithful intercession:

Job 22:28-30 NKJV – You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways. When they cast [you] down, and you say, ‘Exaltation [will come]!’ Then He will save the humble [person]. He will [even] deliver one who is not innocent; Yes, he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.”

Let’s Do It! 

Blessed are those that do God’s word, “Faith without Works is Dead!”  If you feel led, feel free to post your prayer requests, and words of encouragement for each other here.

The Fire

I sense the Lord is saying, that He is the Living God , this is a time of Great Manifestation and Great Outpouring of My Spirit, but first the fire. You will seek Him and find Him when you search with all of your heart.

abstract fire on blackTHE FIRE

A fire begins in a time of dryness and drought. Where there has not been much rain. The grounds are hard and even if there is precipitation, it would roll off the surface.

A fire begins with a spark, a flame, and it burns hotter by the heat of The Son. It can spring up suddenly and catch us unaware.

A fire is  fueled by the wind.  The winds blow where they wish, by the Spirit of the Lord. It can catch here and there , and not look like there is any rhyme or reason where in some places there is complete destruction while whole areas elsewhere and sometimes nearby remain untouched.

As Spiritual fires burn, it destroys the wood ,hay and stubble. It separates the precious from the vile keeping that which is good, it removes the deception for all that glitters is not gold.

For His set apart ones,

Only that which is worth keeping survives the fire.

Only that which is worth keeping survives the fire.

Only that which is worth keeping survives the fire.

When the smoke clears, there is room for growth, expansion and strengthening  of that which remains, and room for new growth.

The Fire Wind and Water

And I saw the world, the soul within and it was as a snow globe, one half burning with fire, as influenced by the Fear of the Lord , and one half the watering of the Lord as by the Love of God and I saw it turning and turning, one state over taking the other again and again, as if directed by the wind, and realized that these seasons will come and go, but were all necessary.

So, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God concerning you . Allow the Lord to direct your steps.

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